You may ask: what's the difference? It is important WHAT a person speaks about. But, in fact, statistics show that people are much more likely to pay attention to HOW he or she speaks. The combination of HOW and WHAT gives the maximum result of public performance. If the speaker talks hesitantly, his audience will have doubts about his knowledge and trust to his opinion.
How can you add confidence to your manner of speaking? It's quite easy to do it - but you should practice a lot.
Confidence or authority?
First you need to understand the difference between authority and confidence. Authority puts you above those people to whom you are talking. Imagine yourself a boss who gives commands. As the military say, you shouldn’t discuss commands - they must be immediately executed. Therefore, the usual style of authority is not always suitable for presentation, even if you are an adult teacher who is giving a lecture to his young students.
We talk about confidence when you do not have the goal to subordinate others to your will. You feel and behave as if you are equal to them. You want to show respect to your audience and cause respect for you and your words. Confidence shines around you like a soft lamp, and makes everyone around to reach out this light and to trust you.
In general, you should use both styles, but use the authoritative one gently and with restraint. If you do not use it at all, you can find yourself not just above your students or listeners, but also not even equal to them - you may appear below them, and then your weak authority will prevent you from conveying to them the topic of your speech. Therefore, authority in a certain correct way should also be present. But basically be guided by confidence.
Make sure that you know your topic well
There is nothing worse for any speaker, lecturer, teacher, than "swimming" in his own thematic material. You should stand strongly on your feet on a firm ground. You should learn a lot of nuances of your topic in order to be ready for any questions within this knowledge. Of course, you can't know everything, but try to prepare as well as you can.
Prepare for troubles
This is a very good and effective psychological exercise. Imagine that the worst happened – that's what you are afraid of most. What could it be? Have you been asked a question that you could not answer? Did someone make a fight right in the hall? Have you been thrown with a rotten tomato? Imagine anything - and understand, here and now, understand very clearly that most of your fears are imagined by you. Almost none of this can happen. And still try to imagine that the worst happened. As a rule, almost any situation is possible to be left quite calmly and without consequences. And even if you are naked on the stage, it will quickly be forgotten - people tend to focus on themselves. Imagine, live this episode, calm down and do what you should do.
Practice as often as possible
It's perfectly normal that in most cases you will feel uncomfortable and insecure if you are giving your lectures or presentations for the first year. Confidence is an automatic thing that comes with a successful experience. Gain this experience. The more successful and successful presentations you give, the more confident you will be in your next speech. Nobody becomes a professional instantly and quickly. All the good speakers were bad speakers first. But only constant practice helped them to improve their knowledge and skills, to gain their self-confidence and become who they are now. And you can do it, too!
Confirm your opinion with facts
Do not say: "It is known that this year this person did this or this." It's too abstract and about nothing. People might think that you came up with this fact by yourself – that means that the authority of such a statement significantly reduces from the very first words. Be specific. Specify not only names, but also exact dates, places, facts, and make a reference to the authoritative source of information that gave you this knowledge.
Take care of self-confidence
You should improve it in everyday life, not just in your presentations. In the morning, go to the mirror and say words of self-confidence to yourself, words that encourage you, help you feel better. Remind yourself about what an interesting personality you are, what a competent and well-educated professional. Attend self-confidence trainings if you can't cope with this problem on your own. Visualize the success of your presentation - what does it look like? Do people start applauding standing up? Do you raise your hands in gratitude for their appreciation? Is there a 'good' noise in the hall? Visualize your success as clearly as possible - and it will not keep you waiting.
Cope with technical problems
This is a very unpleasant situation - you know the topic well, you have been preparing carefully and for a long time, people have gathered in the hall and their opinion is extremely important for you. You connect a projector, a specially invited expensive operator turns on the camcorder - …and nothing works. Listeners are waiting while you are trying to adjust the compatibility of hardware and software. This annoys them (and you), takes precious time and affects the results of the presentation.
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